Book giveaway: Wanderlust
Fine, I thought. I’ll broaden the concept and make it into a book.
The history of passports eventually became a chapter in my book Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel. The book also answers such burning questions as “Why did 1930s stewardesses carry wrenches?” (Answer: Because the planes’ violent vibrations often shook loose the passenger seats, which were bolted to the floor.)
Back in the early days, just about all travellers “travelled like locals”–from the bureaucrat in ancient China who took 13 years to return from a government mission (partly because he married a local woman and started a family en route) to the medieval pilgrims who sought shelter in monasteries along the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Intrigued? Want to know more? Well, enter my contest and you can win a copy of Wanderlust. If you like, I’ll even autograph it for you (although I should warn you that my handwriting is atrocious).
So how do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post–even just “count me in!” will do–before midnight Eastern Time on Saturday, February 21. If you like, include a question about the history of travel; I’ll answer it if I can. I’ll pick a winner randomly from among the respondents, then e-mail the winner privately to get your mailing address.
That’s all there is to it! So start typing and send those comments my way.